University of Texas head football coach Mack Brown has denied a report that he'll step down from a post he's held for 16 years.

Chip Brown with is reporting that Brown will step down by the end of the week.

The report quotes two high level sources within the university, and says the team's football banquet on Friday will honor the Mack Brown era.

However, Mack Brown told Tuesday afternoon via text that the report was not true, and that he is currently in Florida on a recruiting mission.

'If I had decided to step down I sure wouldn't be killing myself down here,' said Brown. 'I have not decided to step down.'

Brown took the helm at Texas in 1998 and resurrected the program, leading the Longhorns to a pair of national championship appearances, including a national title in 2005 when the Vince Young-led 'Horns beat USC.

Brown's turn-around job included nine straight 10-win seasons starting in 2001, and another national championship appearance against Alabama in 2009.

Since then, though, there have been turbulent times in Austin. In the last four years, the Longhorns are just 18-17 in the Big 12. In that span, they've failed to return to a BCS bowl.

Brown had a weekend meeting with new Texas athletic director Steve Patterson.

The report says Texas will buy out the remainder of Brown's contract (which runs through 2020) and he'll be offered a job in the athletic department that will pay him $500,000 a year.

Brown is already the highest-paid State of Texas employee.


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